Carmen Ponce

January 16, 1935May 3, 2019
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Our beloved mother, Carmen Ponce, 84, entered to her eternal rest on Friday, May 3, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Ponce was a devoted loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family. She enjoyed being around her family and spoiling her grandkids. Mom took pride in her appearance and was a classy lady! She was the ultimate host and made everyone feel loved. Her steadfast love and gentle smile will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Left to cherish her memory is her beloved husband of 54 years, Ramon Ponce, children; Carmen Sapien (Ismael), Ramon Ponce (Gabriela), Lorena Ponce, grandsons, Gabriel Sapien, Andres Ponce, honorary children; Albert, Rosario, Mario Ruesga, Alejandra and Juan Guillen, Letty Garibay (Carl Thornton), honorary Grandchildren; Lauren, Chris, Nikki, Madeline, Daniela, Keith, Kobe, Aleshka, Alex and Rosemary.

The family will receive guests Wednesday, May 8, 2019, from 7:30 am to 8:45 am at Funeraria Del Angel Chapel. A Holy Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am at Santa Clara Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Santa Clara Catholic Cemetery.

A special thanks to her caregivers: Rosario Ruesga, Ana Aguilera and to the Sister's Servants of Mary.

Memorial Donation to; Sister's Servants of Mary 140 N. G Street Oxnard, CA 93030


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, May 8, 2019


Carmen Ponce

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Lauren Ruesga Velasquez

May 7, 2019

Grandma Carmen and Grandma Engracia, our Guardian Angels, are together in heaven looking down upon us.

Andres Ponce

May 6, 2019

Te quiero mucho Grandma.

Lauren Ruesga Velasquez

May 6, 2019

My grandma Carmen was the type of person who always made sure the house was kept clean, food was on the table and everyone was taken care of. I remember she would never allow herself to walk out of the house without being ready. Her nails were always done. Her hair needed to be done, her makeup had to be done. One of the funniest memories was that I always reminded her to wipe the lipstick from off of her teeth when I was around her. Another memory was when my grandma Engracia (my father's mother) would get upset, telling my grandma Carmen that we were "her" grandchildren. It was a matter of time before my grandma Engracia came to terms with us always having it in our heart to call her sister "grandma." It just stuck and it happened naturally. You could feel the love radiate from my grandma Carmen. You could be sitting in a room with her and you wouldn't have to say anything, you knew she loved you. Her actions showed it. I remember the ice cream truck always passing through and it never failed, she or my grandpa Ramon would be the first ones to jump up to get us what we wanted. Now that I think about it, I never got excited to call friends or hang out with friends, I always got excited to go to my grandparents’ house and call them just to talk about nothing in particular. That made me happy. I know our presence made grandma, and grandpa, happy also. My brother, sister and I had the privilege of her meeting our children. That way they can also look back at pictures to see how much she loved them also. It did not matter what state she was in, she would hold our children and love and appreciate them as much as she loved and appreciated us.

Lauren Ruesga Velasquez

May 6, 2019

I am having a hard time finding the words to express how much I loved Grandma Carmen, how much she did and how much she meant to me. My grandma Carmen was an amazing, strong and loving woman. She brought so much love to my brother Chris, Sister Nicole and I when we felt that it wasn't present in our lives. She loved us unconditionally. I can’t express that enough. She loved us and supported us as if we were also her children. She was so proud of Chris and me when we were in Folklorico as kids. We wanted to make her and everyone else so proud by giving our best performances. I do not remember a day that would go by that I didn't want to be at "the Ponce's house." I would actually call to be picked up and wait in the front yard so I could go alone, without my siblings. I admit now that it was mean, but when I had the opportunity to have my grandma's attention, I took it. (That attention included that of my Godmother Lorena, Tia Carmen, Tio Ray and my Grandpa Ramon). I remember the walks grandma and I would go on around the block just to get out of the house. I also remember her sweat suits, how could I forget! She always matched. I also remember that I would call from elementary school to see if my grandpa Ramon could go pick me up. My grandma would answer and my grandpa would be in the background telling her, "Dile que no estoy!" I look back and laugh at that now, but no matter what my grandma Carmen, or someone else, would convince him to go get me. Era "La China." A nickname they gave me and it stuck throughout my entire life, so far. My grandma Carmen always wanted to make sure everyone was okay. She was very selfless. She gave so much. We become selfish thinking that family members will live forever, they'll never die. That we have enough time. We are so wrong. You are my childhood. I will always be grateful for everything you have done for the family and me. I love you forever mi grandma Chula! Forever and always!